History of Beef: Tamar Braxton Versus K. Michelle

Based on Tamar Braxton’s performance yesterday of “The One” on  Big Morning Buzz Live, it’s clear that her singing deserves all the attention, not her shade. But alas, headlines over rift with K.Michelle just won’t die because both parties are keeping it alive.

Basically, if Tamar Braxton and K.Michelle were two girls sitting at the same cafeteria table, Tamar would be the slick-talking mean girl at the very end of the row, rolling her eyes, pointing and laughing in K’s direction — essentially gossiping behind her back directly in her face. In turn, K. would be the girl who ultimately decides that she is fed up and proceed to throw something in Tamar’s face. I don’t know, perhaps a slice of pizza, only she’d take a bite of it before tossing it Tay Tay’s way. Why? She’s dramatic like that. Y’all have watched  Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

Where would Toni Braxton be? Probably doing something better with her life. My, my, how some things never change.

The feud between the dually rising R&B stars capitulated earlier this summer and refuses to show any signs of dying down — mostly because one party in particular can’t stop throwing daggers. I’m a Tamartian, but facts are facts. You see, following the premiere of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Tamar posted the not so cryptic tweet: “Oh have fun and let this girl sell her fairytale.” Many presumed her to be referring to K. Michelle’s allegations of physical abuse from her former boyfriend, particularly because Tamar is a friend of the wife of the accused woman beater. Subtweets were sent from both directions, and at one point, Tamar sent out a cease and desist to K. after feeling threatened.

That should’ve been the end of that, but a year later “SHE” sent out another subtweet aimed at K. Michelle over a wig. No really. She did that and that’s kept these two going at it.

K. Michelle debuted a blond wig on BET’s 106 & Park  while promoting her new album, Rebellious Soul. During her appearance, this tweet from Tamar went out. Many clocked the shade and most felt it wasn’t a big deal. I mean, two Black woman fighting over who wore a blond wig first seems silly? Somewhere Mary J. Blige is not amused. Somewhere else is an even older Black woman dismissing all of the above as she did it back in days of President LBJ. Nevertheless, K. Michelle shot back.

K. Michelle went on to add, “I’m in a positive place but I ain’t no punk!!! Dont come for a G. Now let me go to the boys and girls club and talk to the kids.” Even so, not long after this verbal tit for tat, K. Michelle uploaded an image on Instagram of a few R&B albums — including Tamar’s sophomore effort, Love & War. K. Michelle purchased the album and encouraged others to do the same. Did that end their feud? No…naturally.

Tamar took more shots at K. Michelle on both Power 105.1’s morning show “The Breakfast Club” as well as The Arsenio Hall Show. During the latter appearance, when asked about her rival, Tamar told Arsenio, “Who? K Mart, where they sell Nicki’s clothes at. That’s the only K, I know.” K. Michelle noted that for someone who says they’re being bullied, Tamar sure has a knack for the verbal jab. In a more recent interview with “The Skorpion Show,” K. Michelle says she’s done with the beef, but reiterated that she never started the fight and won’t stand for people talking reckless about her. As she explained, “I always win arguments and just because I win them doesn’t mean I start them.”

Give peace a chance, ladies.

— Michael Arceneaux